Galliano’s Sad Finale: Christian Dior Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Well, you all know how great a fan I have been of John Galliano’s work for the house of Christian Dior, so this is a sad post. I’m sure you have all heard how Galliano has been dismissed from Christian Dior, after being publicly disgraced in relation to antisemitic and pro-Nazi statements, and he has now checked himself into rehabilitation for alcoholism. Yes, I know. Shock. Disbelief. This was his last ready-to-wear collection for Dior, and as usual, has so much I adore. Apparently the show was a sad affair, with a long speech from the CEO Sidney Toledano and, in place of Galliano’s usual flamboyant strut down the catwalk at the end, a gathering of the collection’s design team, seamstresses and craftsmen on stage, and both cheering and weeping from the audience. As Tim Blanks at noted, “The only precedent for this situation is Coco Chanel’s postwar denunciation as a Nazi collaboratrice. Her exile from the fashion world lasted nine years.”

Mother Maria F2010 Collection

“For Aussie label Mother Maria, baguettes met boomerangs to inspire one of the most charming collections of the season. Defined by chic shapes and feminine details, “Parisienne” brings springtime on the Champs-Élysées to the surf-friendly shores of Australia, sustainable fabrics included.

Designer Katie Ganon first started selling pieces to friends in 2002, before extending her sphere of influence to stores in 2006. Since her line’s inception, Gannon has dedicated herself to the pursuit of everything green and gorgeous. Her Fall/Winter 2010 collection (or rather, Spring/Summer, for those of us in the northern hemisphere) harkens back to the playful sophistication of the ’40s while using beach-friendly fabrics and soft colors.”

All of Mother Maria’s garments are ethically produced Down Under using mostly organic cotton and vintage fabrics, although—full disclosure—some new conventional cotton is included, as well. Not living in the land of Vegemite? Its online shop ships worldwide—g’day, indeed!

Photos and Blurb from here.

Alexander McQueen Retrospective Part 11: Spring 2007

In tribute to Lee Alexander McQueen, I have been posting a retrospective of past collections, from a SwingFashionista perspective. The best of Alexander McQueen for retro-loving folk. May he rest in peace. In part 11, my top picks from the Spring 2007 ready-to-wear show.